25 June 2000.
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The Westminster system of government has severe problems.

  1. Margaret Thatcher, Bob Hawke (PM of Australia) and Joh Bjelke Peterson (Premier of Queensland) were popular leaders who have all been dismissed from power by their own party.
  2. There is no true "separation of powers" in the Westminster system.  The Executive and Legislative branches are melded in the Prime Minister.
  3. The successful liberalization of the Westminster system democracy over the last two centuries resulted from the presence of revolutionary libertarianism in the US.
Margaret Thatcher's article in "Outlook" makes the belabored point that utopia is not a political party, and those who seek to legislate Utopian laws will end up with an enslaved people.  Legislators should protect a nation's "individual freedom and the rule of law" as their only priority.  (The problem with Utopianism is that each person's definition of Utopia varies.)

Margaret Thatcher further makes the assertion "We and the USA are more similar to each other than to any other countries in the world".  It frequently happens that the people of a nation in the latter stages of decline are nostalgic about former colonies that are new world powers, some will virulently attack those who would sunder the image of continued amity between the two, and the consequent impact of the declined nation on world events.  (Witness for instance Neil Norman's attack on the star of the anti-UK film "The Patriot", reminding us of "the small but perfectly formed Mel Gibson" and also that Mel had "a heavy alcohol habit".)

The French in decline have legislated against (United Press International - June 23, 2000 10:32) "dangerous sects".  Dangerous sects are defined as those who practice "mental manipulation" or brainwashing.  On that definition I am sure that the Democrats would define the Republicans as a "dangerous sect" and I personally am convinced both that Labour and Coalition politicians in Australia are members of extremely dangerous sects.  Come to think of it, most media organizations are dangerous sects.

It seems to be a human failing.  Any person who manages to persuade voters to entrust him or her as their representative in government then seeks to (as it were) make their mark on the slate of history.  They attempt to do this with some piece of legislation that (they think!) brings Utopia closer.  Sycophants then reinforce their sense of achievement (witness John Howard's gun laws), and the disease then goes supercritical positive feedback.   This madness is only brought to end by an election.  In the meantime, irreversible damage has been done to the liberties of the people.

It is critically urgent that we, the people, should have the power to negate unwanted legislation.  The internet is the tool for instant consensus.  Only our representatives stand in the way of national maturity.



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